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No room for blind loyalty

By Friday May 1st, 2009 No Comments

PRIME Minister Datuk Seri Najib wrote in his blog www. 1malaysia.com.my on the subject of loyalty as one of his eight key values.

He pointed out that loyalty to a leader did not mean there is no room for constructive criticism or even dissent.

I always believe that for us in Malaysia, there should be no such thing as blind loyalty which will do more harm than good. Loyalty to a leader must never mean that we only say things that are palatable to him or her.

On the contrary, we must not hesitate to tell the truth, even if it is bitter, for the good of the leader as and when it is necessary. This means that there must always be room for constructive criticism and sincere feedback.

Hiding the truth and telling the leader only the things he likes to hear will be a great disservice to them.

Similarly, the Prime Minister must always be provided with right and accurate feedback and information. Those who are the PM’s loyalists must be prepared to provide the rakyat’s actual response and reaction to the Government’s policies and decisions.

Doing otherwise will be a disservice to him and the nation.

The Prime Minister’s walkabout in various parts of Kuala Lumpur is indeed a good example of gauging the true feelings of the ordinary people.

Source : The Star

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